Jaime Black’s The REDress Project, now on display at D.C.’s National Museum of the Amercian Indian, aims to raise awareness of missing indigenous women, not only in her native Canada, but in the U.S. The exhibition consists of numerous red dresses, a fraction of the more than 400 that Jaime has collected, that symbolize the plight of these women whose voices have been silenced through violence, discrimination, and indifference.
Jaime is an emerging, metis multidisciplinary artist based in Winnipeg, Canada. She studied English Literature at the University of Manitoba and has an Education degree from The Ontario Institute of Studies in Education. She has long been involved in the Aboriginal writers and artists communities in Winnipeg. She is particularly interested in feminism and Aboriginal social justice, and the possibilities for articulating linkages between and around these movements. Jaime talks about The REDress Project with Woman Around Town’s Editor Charlene Giannetti.